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Global companies to collaborate and share successful applications of Ingeo-based products at Innovation Takes Root 2012

Conference to serve as Biopolymers Forum for the Global Ingeo™ Community

MINNETONKA, Minn., September 28, 2011 – Stonyfield Farm and other major international corporations will present how they have successfully incorporated NatureWorks’ Ingeo bio-based products into their brands at the collaborative, biennial biopolymers forum, Innovation Takes Root (ITR) 2012, in February.

The conference will include unique presentations and exhibitions for companies now actively pursuing Ingeo fibers and plastics applications and those desiring to learn more about this important and growing class of biopolymers. Company representatives will also discuss how they envision sustainable practices to change business in the future.

"This is the only event of its kind to specifically focus on one class of biopolymers," said Marc Verbruggen, president and CEO, NatureWorks. "This intense focus – from material development and characteristics through the supply chain to brand successes – delivers information on the state of the art, both from the standpoint of the Ingeo biopolymer itself, and its impact on sustainability and product differentiation throughout the channel to market. At ITR, attendees are energized and engaged with our Ingeo based products, which is evident during every breakout session and networking event."

The conference will include presentations on several key topics, including, Advances in Ingeo Packaging Films; Ingeo in Fibers and Non-Wovens; Expanding Ingeo Applications in Durable Products; Growth of Ingeo Lactides and Lactide Derivatives; Driving Economics to Sustainable Commercialization; Opportunities in Food Service and Food Packaging; and Legislative and Regulatory Issues.

The program for the 2012 conference was released today, and early-bird registration is now open, running through October 31. The conference will take place February 20-22 at the Omni Orlando Resort, Orlando, Fla. Visit the ITR website for program and registration information and return often for ITR 2012 updates.

In 2010, more than 300 people attended ITR from 30 different countries with approximately one third from outside of the United States. Those attending included representatives from leading brands, green marketers, packaging professionals, process engineers, product designers, researchers, retailers, sustainability managers, members of academia, and journalists.

About NatureWorks
NatureWorks LLC is a company dedicated to meeting the world’s needs today without compromising the earth’s ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. NatureWorks LLC is the first company to offer a family of commercially available, low-carbon-footprint Ingeo biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers. For more information, visit www.natureworksllc.com.

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